Clinic News


Wag’N O2 Fur Life – The Pet Oxygen Mask Initiative

pet masks

The Canine Center would like to give back to our community.  This year we have decided to work with local fire departments to make sure the surrounding towns have rescue equipment available for pets involved in house fires.  We have contacted local fire departments to see if they have any kits currently and if they need any additional.  We will be contributing money from Heartgard and Flea/Tick products purchased this year towards our goal.

There will be a list of the current status of the local fire departments in our waiting area.  In addition there is also a small piggy bank if anyone would like to make a donation.  We will be updating the progress of this program throughout the year on our facebook page.  If you have questions about the status of your town please feel free to contact us.

Our goal of 4 kits was made and we were able to deliver them last week. We are so happy to be able to provide a helping hand. Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped along the way!


 Dogs would rather get a belly rub than a treat

Study finds that canines respond differently to two types of rewards



 Five Confidence Building Activities for Shy Dogs


Some dogs are very shy and it can be hard to know what to do with them. Shy dogs are also often described as skittish dogs, nervous dogs, and scared dogs.


Loose Dog? Don't chase! Tips to get your dog to come to you. Chasing them can actually put them in more danger!: Doggie, Dogs Training, Stuff For Your Animal, Pet Dogs, It Work, Dogs Collars, Loo Dogs, Puppy, For Dogs

Have you ever had a dog escape your arms or car or home? What is the first thing you do? If you’re like most people, you chase after them. They run and then you run. It seems almost instinctual, doesn’t it?


How To Send A Care Package To A Dog Serving Overseas

Belgian Malinois Military Working Dog Military Working Dogs (MWD) are a vital part of the US Armed Forces. These highly trained pups work side by side with their handlers in war zones as trackers or sentries, in search and rescue, explosive detection and so much more. Interested in sending these hard working canines a little TLC? Below we’ve listed several ways you can send or contribute to care packages for these well deserving pups and their handlers…



PetsMatter/13 Household Items Toxic to Pets

In 2013, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center responded to 180,000 calls about pets exposed to potentially poisonous substances. Of these calls, 15 percent were due to insecticide exposure, 10 percent to household products, 5.5 percent to rodenticides, and more than 2 percent to lawn and garden products. More than 90 percent of pet poisonings occur in our homes, so it’s important to become familiar with these common household items.


10 “Poison Pills” for Pets

About one-quarter of all phone calls to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) are about human medications. Your pet can easily ingest dropped pills or may be given harmful human medications by an unknowing owner, resulting in illness, or even death, of your pet.




There is a lot of attention in the media to the recent outbreak of canine influenza (ie the doggie flu). Right now this is primarily confined to the Chicagoland region and south but with the holiday weekend and travel we anticipate it spreading to our area.

Dogs with influenza are lethargic, do not want to eat, have a fever, and often have nasal discharge. If your dog shows any of theses signs it is important to have them seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

There is a vaccine available for canine influenza but is not one the CanineCenter recommends. This vaccine requires 2 separate injections given 3-4 weeks apart and is not effective until after the second vaccine. By the time the vaccine were to be effective the current outbreak should be resolving. In addition this vaccine is not 100% protective against the virus and there is a greater risk of adverse side effects with this vaccine. As a result the risk of the vaccine is greater than the benefits of giving it.

If you are concerned please keep your dog away from other dogs during this time. This includes kennels, daycare, and grooming facilities. If you have interaction with a dog suspected of having the doggie flu please change your clothes, leave your shoes outside, and wash up well before interacting with your dogs.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at or 847-986-3644




This is an EXCELLENT graphic! Pay attention to what a dog is telling you, and teach children to repect a dog’s space! Too many dogs end up in shelters (or worse, put down) because the adults in charge were not monitoring the child/dog situation. Many times when a dog bites a kid parents say, “There were no warnings. He just bit him for no reason.” The unfortunate truth is that there are almost always warning signs, but the humans miss them. This photo shows a few warning signs that the dog is uncomfortable and may bite



Some cold weather tips for your dog’s feet.

Something else to think about during this cold weather and all winter long as well. Care for your pet’s feet. If your pet walks on salted or chemically treated areas, be sure to wash its paws after your walk. Gently rub the bottom of the feet to remove these irritants as soon as your dog is off the road. Many dogs need boots in cold weather, regardless of their coat length. If your dog frequently lifts up its paws, whines or stops during walks, it may be demonstrating that its feet are uncomfortably cold.



Build your own bone!!!

How creative can you be ? Customize one just for your dog. And the best part is you can buy replacement parts when needed!



19 Dog-Friendly Stores Where You Can Shop With Your Pup – BarkPost

Great, especially for new puppy owners !




How to Identify Counterfeit Pet Pesticides

How to determine if you have legitimate Bayer Advantage products:

  • If there is a sticker on the outside of the retail carton with information such as the EPA registration number and/or the animal body weight for the product, then it is not EPA-registered Advantage product. Legitimate products do not have these stickers.
  • Since the directions on the retail carton and the supplemental leaflet are identical between the legitimate product and the counterfeit product, check the language that is printed on the product tubes. The legitimate Advantage products all contain product tubes that are printed in English. The most obvious sign of a counterfeit product is that the product tubes are printed in a foreign language (most likely French or German).
  • Legitimate product tubes will include the EPA Registration Number, the signal word WARNING, and the child hazard warning (Keep Out of Reach of Children). Counterfeit product tubes may lack this information.
  • Legitimate product tubes will also include a reference statement that refers users to the main labeling for directions for use and will include the manufacturing company’s name (Bayer). Counterfeit product tubes may lack this information.
  • Legitimate product tubes will contain an active ingredient statement that agrees with the active ingredient statement on the retail carton (9.1% imidacloprid). A counterfeit product may have an active ingredient statement that differs (such as 10%).


EPA-registered Advantage product will look like the sample on the bottom. All text should be in English ONLY.

How to determine if you have legitimate Frontline products:

  • If there is a sticker on the outside of the retail carton with information such as the EPA registration number and/or the animal body weight for the product, then it is not EPA-registered Frontline product. Legitimate products do not have these stickers.
  • The lot number on the retail carton should match the lot number on the applicator package insert and/or the individual applicator.
  • The instruction leaflet should be included. It provides the following information: first aid statements, including emergency telephone numbers; precautionary statements for humans and pets; directions for use; frequency of use; and storage and disposal statements.
  • The product should be packaged in child-resistant packaging. The directions for opening the child-resistant package contain illustrations that actually look like the applicator package insert. The directions include “To Remove Applicator: Use scissors or lift and remove plastic tab to expose foil, then pull down.”
  • The individual applicator should have a label that includes the:
    • Registrant’s name (Merial), and the product name;
    • EPA registration number the net contents in fluid ounces (fl. oz., not metric measure, i.e., ml);
    • Percentage (%) of active ingredients. (Fipronil for Frontline Top Spot products, and Fipronil and (S)-methoprene for Frontline Plus products);
    • Animal on which the product is to be used;
    • Statements: “CAUTION,” “Keep out of reach of children,” and “See full label for additional directions.” All text is in English.

A photo of a sample of an applicator package insert An individual applicator sample photo
The applicator package insert should look like the top sample. Note the notch between the individual applicator packages, which is missing on counterfeit products.
All text should be in English ONLY. The individual applicator should look like the top sample.


 Bladder Stones

Removed from a patient. Coins are to represent size.